So in the name of research and to get a better understanding i contacted Turbo Dynamics by email. I have always been impressed with their customer care and have always got back to me promptly.
I was a little bit concerned to say the least, about what i have read and wanted to be sure i was in the safety zone with my current turbo setup. I have to say i do appreciate discussions like this. It really makes you think and look at things from different perspectives. So i value the feedback.
The reply i received came as a shock in a very good way. Personally i am very impressed with the unit i have by Turbo dynamics and its character and power delivery. That was never in question. It really is night and day compared to the std 170 unit i had before. Mostly up the mid top of the rev range. Where the oem unit ran out of puff the new hybrid just keeps on strong to the red line. What i needed to be sure of was that it could comfortably cope with the increased boost levels.
Anyhow here is their reply. I might add i did point them at our thread discussion. As i needed answers to the fair questions being brought to light.
The turbocharger we supplied AutoLusso at the time, which I presume was for your car, was a bespoke turbo designed to meet the criteria asked for by Autolusso. It was not an MDX556 or any other spec we advertise. For your information, whilst we list lots of different hybrid turbos online, a large portion of our work is building one-off specifications that are designed in collaboration with our customers to suit their individual requirements. The specification of your turbocharger includes a 56mm / 41.55mm MFS billet aluminium extended tip compressor wheel. It also includes a cutback/clipping to the turbine wheel (15 degrees) and improved turbine end oil seal (staggered gap type). We use the latest vibration sorting rigs (balancers) and vane-flow test-rigs to ensure all VNT type turbochargers meet our strict tolerances and build quality. You will notice the link Andy sent you also refers to a ‘360 degree thrust bearing’. Customers expect a 360 degree thrust bearing and many aren’t aware they are fitted to many modern turbos from the factory, so for obvious reasons we include this detail in the specs online so customers know exactly what they are getting when ordering online or reviewing our specs online. We do not brandish this part as ‘upgraded’ or ‘special’ in any way for these particular turbos, but the fact that the turbo has a 360 degree thrust bearing is an important bit of information nonetheless, so it is simply listed as “360 degree thrust bearing”. The subject of boost pressure and the figure of 24PSI is a moot point, as the turbo we built for your car is not a listed spec, nor is there any advertising for it online – it would have been discussed with Autolusso at the point of sale. As I understand it your feedback for this turbo set up was very positive and you were impressed with the power delivery and performance of the turbo. I do hope your opinion of Turbo Dynamics and the products/services we offer remain untainted by the opinions of the few misguided ‘keyboard warriors’ who proclaim to be experts or professionals.
If you have any questions or would like to start looking at other turbo options, feel free to drop me an email or call the office for a chat.
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